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5 'random shootings' in Fresno linked to same suspects

5 'random shootings' in Fresno linked to same suspects. Three people hit. (KMPH)


FRESNO, Calif. (Fox26) -- UPDATE: Fresno Police are now searching for a man they think lead them on a trail of five different random shootings. Three people are now recovering from gun wounds. Police say these people were minding their own business when they became targets.

Fresno police are now looking for the man who crashed a grey Chrysler into another car on Mayfair and Normal in Central Fresno. Police think the driver was trying to get away after shooting a 17-year-old and 23-year, both rushed to the hospital.

Lt. Carl McKnight says police responded at 3:20 p.m. and so far, it's unknown if the driver knew the people he shot.

"It seems odd that someone would randomly drive over there. They could have picked anywhere else in Fresno," said Lt. McKnight.

Lt. McKnight says police have linked the car to a barrage of five random shootings in Fresno.

Police say the first happened after 10 a.m., a 30-year-old man was shot in the leg at Whitesbridge Avenue and South Trinity between O'Neil Street.

Another shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. at Ventura and B Street where the gunman shot at one person, no injury. That was followed at 11:40 a..m by another shooting at Los Angeles and 208 B St. where someone else managed to dodge the bullets.

The last shootings happened after 3:00 pm at Mayfair and Normal where two people were shot.

A pastor and his wife in Southwest Fresno said their church Fresno Temple Church of God was hit at the time of the third shooting.

"I just don't see why or how some person could reasonably do something like that," said Pastor Harry Miller.

Police described the shooter as a light skin black man or Hispanic man. The trail has run cold but they're hoping to catch the shooter before someone else gets hurt.

"We'll end up identifying him. It is just going to a matter of time," said McKnight.

If you know any information that can help lead police to catch this shooter please call Fresno Police or call Valley Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867.

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FRESNO, Calif. (Fox26) -- Fresno Police has just confirmed that three shootings earlier in the day in Downtown Fresno are now linked to a double shooting near Mayfair & Normal Ave., in Southeast Fresno.

We're told three people total have been shot; all are expected to survive.

Fresno Police Luetenant Carl McKnight says that all five of these shootings are linked to the same suspect, or suspects, and appear to be 'random'.

Police say it at around 10:30 a.m. Monday at Trinity and O'Neil streets. One man was shot in the upper thigh area while walking.

The next scene was at California and B streets where a homeless person was shot at, but not hit.

Next, a man reported being shot at while he was in front of the Fresno Temple of God Church. Police found several bullet holes in the front stucco facia.

Last, at around 3:21 p.m. is when the Mayfair double shooting occurred.

Police tell us that during the shooter's getaway, the driver crashed into a parked car.

Two males ran from the disabled car leaving it in the middle of the street.

Lt. McKnight could not comment on the possibility of these men being connected to the random shootings currently going on the west side of Fresno County.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Department is investigating those vehicle shootings.

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